Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding
The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding workshop is a trans- disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioural/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.
This Conference is intended for professionals who work with children with Feeding Difficulties. This includes: Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Special Educators, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Psychologists, Physicians, Dietitians, Mental Health Workers, other Child Care Providers and Educators.
The SOS Approach to Feeding conference is an Intermediate level course: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter
This training conference is accessible for Certified and Registered Health Professionals or Supervised Therapy Assistants only. This conference, it's content and assessment process are not suitable for teachers, teaching staff with additional roles, students or parents.
This conference is designed to help professionals assess and treat children with Feeding Disorders and other Feeding Difficulties using the SOS Approach to Feeding. The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding is a trans-disciplinary program designed to help professionals understand the multi-factorial complexity of Feeding Problems, as well as how to identify areas needing intervention and how to treat the “whole” child.
*Understand areas of human function that need to be examined to provide a comprehensive Feeding Assessment
*Identify developmental milestones key to being able to eat well
*Understand why children won’t eat
*Identify components of an SOS Approach to Feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children in either an individual or group therapy session
Understand how to build a Food Hierarchy
Identify strategies for progressing a child
Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Paediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems. Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Paediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Paediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Paediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute.
Amanda Foster, MS,CCC-SLP received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital IHP.For over 15 years, Mrs. Foster has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses in school, clinic, hospital, and early intervention settings.She began her feeding career in 2005 at Toomey & Associates, Inc. and then moved to theSOS FeedingSolutions @STAR with Dr. Kay Toomey and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.In2010, Mrs. Foster started a private practice specializing in providing feeding support for families in their homes and in community settings. Currently, she is the Lead Speech and Feeding Therapist at a multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to presenting The SOS Approach toFeeding with Toomey & Associates, Inc., Mrs. Foster has lectured on swallowing disorders at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She also regularly presents on speech and feeding disorders at parent, teacher, and professional seminars
Susan Kniffen, MS, OTR/L received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University (VA). She spent the first two years of her career working with adults in acute care and rehabilitation settings before transferring to working in paediatric settings in 2005. Since 2006, she has been a feeding specialist in addition to working with children who have orthopaedic, neurological, and complex medical needs. She is currently an occupational therapist and feeding specialist in the early intervention program for The Resource Exchange. Previously she provided paediatric outpatient feeding and rehabilitation services through Memorial Hospital, Toomey & Associates Inc., and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Educating and empowering parents to be students of their children is her passion.
If you are from the UK and seeking to use the hours for your continuing professional development requirements for the Health and Care Professions Council CPD Log, you will need to keep your certificate of attendance and your conference agenda for submission. This course has CPD Approved Accreditation (UK)
If you are from the UK and seeking to use the hours for your continuing professional development requirements, you will need to keep your certificate of attendance and your conference agenda for submission by you to your professional Royal College. You may be required to submit a learning/reflection log
If you are from the USA and seeking to use the hours to go towards your professional certification maintenance hours with ASHA or your state you must keep your certificate as proof of attendance. However, this course will not be able to be added to your ASHA CE registry.
If you are from the USA and seeking to use the hours for your AOTA continuing education requirements, you will need to keep your certificate of attendance and your conference agenda for submission by you to your professional organisation. However, there will be no direct submission to or awarding of CEU’s to AOTA by Therapy Train.
Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th October 2023 @ Millennium Hotel, Kensington
Conference Fee £1200
This 2 hour Live & In-Person Presentation is intended to support Professionals and Teams working closely with individuals requiring an appropriate diagnosis.
Dr Toomey will present information on The Differential Diagnosis Decision Tree - Picky Eaters Vs PFD Vs ARFID
We encourage SOS professionals to invite colleagues and supporting education teams to access this interactive workshop and meet Dr Toomey
Registration fees collected from this event will be donated to The Feeding Trust. Online registration and access can be found using the link below